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West Asheville offers parks galore

Margaret Hester
Mar. 23, 2011
Written by
Jason McGill

Asheville Citizen-Times

With such hot spots as Carrier Park, this stretch of road boasts a 1-acre dog park, velodrome and walking paths.
For the sports-inclined, there are basketball courts, beach volleyball courts, a softball field, a roller hockey rink, a lawn bowling court and plenty of open space along the river for flag football, soccer and ultimate Frisbee.
There's also a playground, a boat landing, a wetlands education area and a picnic pavilion available for rental. In other words, Carrier Park and French Broad River Park are a one-stop spot for recreation.
This area is part of a bigger dream: the French Broad River Greenway.
This stretch of land overlaps the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan, a major urban waterfront redevelopment project that will call for greenways along the French Broad River and connect Amboy Road to the River Arts District.
If that wasn't enough, West Asheville also has the Malvern Hills Park & Pool, where you can find swimmers enjoying an outdoor pool between June and mid-August.
Cost per person is $3 for one visit, $40 for a 25-visit pass, $100 for a season pass and $150 for a family season pass (up to 4 people). Don't know how to swim? Free lessons are available through the American Red Cross. Malvern Hills Park also has lighted tennis courts and a picnic pavilion.
Located in the heart of the thriving West Asheville neighborhoods along Haywood Road, fun seekers will find a Little League ball field and picnic tables at West Asheville Park, off Vermont Avenue, and the West Asheville Recreation Center — part of the fire station and police resource center complex and home to a full-service kitchen, multipurpose room, playground and basketball court. There's also Hall Fletcher Park, accessible from Bradley Street.
A short detour off Patton Avenue gets you to the Burton Street Center, which has an auditorium — fancy a game of bingo? — game room, billiard room, arts and crafts room, computer lab, weight room and kitchen. The surrounding park has basketball courts, a playground and a field.
Also just off Patton Avenue is Roger Farmer Memorial Park, where you'll find another set of ball fields and picnic tables. Further west is the Buncombe County Sports Park — a collection of soccer fields and a disc golf course.
It seems you can't escape West Asheville without finding something to do.